We get this question often: Aside from water what can I drink on a plant-strong diet?
It’s no secret, we do not encourage anyone to drink calories, so are there any no-calorie, no junk added drinks out there? There happens to be PLENTY!
The three Engine 2 Extra Coaches are weighing in today on some of their favorite ways to stay hydrated (aside from plain water)
I love herbal teas, hot OR cold. Currently some of my favorite teas are a few by “They Republic of Tea“. I was missing hot chocolate as the weather started to get cooler, and found these herbal (no caffeine) teas.
I also love the fall flavored teas that are out:
I recently purchased an electric tea kettle, which I absolutely love! It makes having a hot cup of tea anytime I want really easy. I also enjoy tea iced, sometimes I just take a glass of ice water and add a tea bag, and let it sit for a few minutes. Or I will fill up a pitcher of water and ice and throw a few tea bags in and let it sit for a few hours.
One of my other favorite things? Sparkling water! Now there are lots of great (no junk added) sparkling waters out there. But, someone gifted me with a Soda Stream about a year ago, and I love it. You might think that having a soda maker is pointless when you are plant-strong, but I get plenty of use out of mine. I use organic, oil free flavorings to add flavor. It has saved me a lot of money (especially when I figured out you can re-fill the canisters at places like Bed Bath and Beyond Target for not a lot of money) and it has reduced a lot of waste, which I also really like.
What about E2X Coach, Ami?
This rooibos tea has an essence of chocolate and chai – it’s light and lovely for a fall day – I recommend using two tea bags:
water… with bubbles or without – I love sparkling water!
Harney & Sons Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea - Amazing tea I found at Target!
And E2X Coach Char LOVES making flavored water!
- Six, 16 ounce glass jars. If you use bottled pasta sauce, these leftover jars are fabulous for your infused waters. I also love using Ball® jars, but more about that later.
- A “muddler,” is used to crush fruits and herbs. When you “muddle,” you allow the flavors to integrate with the water and you get amazing flavors, and quickly.
- If you are using herbs (spearmint leaves, basil, romsemary, etc.,), I like to snip them into smaller pieces.
- Your favorite fruits and herbs. If you are using the skin, I would suggest using organic product. Same for the herbs
- Buy a gallon of spring water, or if you have a water filter system, that is fine, too.
I like to use lime, lemon, oranges, grapefruit, carrots, cucumbers, basil, rosemary, lavender, assorted berries, oh, and I cannot forget, GINGER. I love ginger.
- Sort your fruits, veggies and herbs. Rinse as needed. Decide how you’d like to begin. As a beginner, you might want to start simply, and just go with something basic like cucumbers and mint.
- Add a given amount of fruit or herb to the bottom of your jar. With the muddler, gently press and grind the fruit…break them up, not mash them. For starters, you might want to begin with crushed berries and a citrus fruit.
- Cover to the top with ice cubes. Then, add water, ¾ of the way. Cover and place in the fridge.
- I prefer to label the tops of each jar.
- Another favorite is a mélange of lime, orange and grapefruit. Just hits the spot. Oh, and grapefruit and rosemary is another favorite, the best you will drink!
- You can drink from the jar, or transfer to a glass. Up to you!
Some people like to strain their waters, but I enjoy and love the color and fruit remnants. When I am finished, I grab a spoon and eat the fruit. I also LOVE the colors that are created. Nature’s colors pack a punch of vitamins for you!